5 months after the vote, 2 1/2 months before school starts, 0ver 1 month since students picked classes for next year and this is the discussion we are having? Instead of following the recommended plan, we had to push forward and "consolidate" the high schools. All we have done is consolidate athletics at the high schools. This is exactly the type of discussion that should have taken place when we opted to deviate from the plan.
I'm sure the logistics of busing students back and forth all day long would be difficult and expensive, but are we really just considering this now? If we decided to do it, would we revisit the process of choosing classes?
The article claims, "Next school year, the two campuses will each have a valedictorian, a yearbook and graduation ceremony. They will also each have the top 10 students." How about two homecomings? Two Proms? Maybe we can have two sports teams, you know, Spruce Mountain North Campus Phonenix and the Spruce Mountain South Campus Phoneix. I hope there are two drama groups, two math teams, two bands, two choruses and two of anything else that would further divide the two schools. Let's divide students as much as possible and then put them on the field/court together.
I'm not opposed to consolidation, in fact, I voted for it. At the time, I was under the impression that the recommendations made would be presented to the new board for consideration. What happened, almost immediately following the vote, was complete disregard for the people who worked so hard to build a plan. Decisions were made prior to the new board being elected and we tried to fast track some other changes. As a result, I'm guessing we have not given enough time to aligning curriculum at the Elementary school to the "new" middle school curriculum (which we haven't developed yet).
This process is in dire need of strong, forward looking leadership.
Ellen - I think if you review the original recommendations, you will find that the vision was to consolidate middle schools year one and high schools year two. What concerns me the most is we have limited time to effectively establish a solid plan for consolidating the middle schools and align the curriculums of the two elementary schools with the new middle school curriculum for the upcoming school year, yet the discussion as of late is around combining the Freshman class and sports teams. It seems like the priorities are a bit skewed at this point. While it would be nice to do everything at once, I don't think there is time to adequately prepare to do the entire consolidation at once for the upcoming year. My preference would be to stick with the original plan, do a few things at a time, and do them well.
Congratulations Nic for this well deserved recognition. Congratulations to Dave and Kathy for raising this young man, you must be proud.